It has been a long time since I felt able to express myself appropriately. The problems we all share are all confusing and complicated and there are so many different perspectives as to how to deal with them leaving little room for compromise. But lately I have been rebelling against the status quo, sometimes consciously sometime not. For instance I was instrumental in convincing the ex Town Manager Paul Parker to resign "for personal reasons", the Truth of that matter was that several Glasgow citizens and myself were bullied and abused by Paul Parker and we each took our several ways to make him reconsider his usefulness to the citizens of Glasgow with the attitude he had.
The Town Council and Mayor did their best to sweep it under the rug, but it couldn't. The displeasure of those who had been affected by Mr. Parker's words, actions and lies would not go away. I must admit that until he finally left I was irate and desperate, I felt that as a taxpaying citizen I had no recourse but put up with the abuse of those in authority and the flagrant violation of my civil liberties, but uncomfortable as that period was to me, we eventually arrived at the proper resolution. No Public Servant has the right to abuse any Citizen, especially on the taxpayers dime.
Recently, I turned my attention to abuses by those service providers who have abused my trust, I guess they felt I had no other alternatives then to follow the herd of customers they had penned in Rockbridge County because of our rural and laid back characters, well it is True, people in this section of America are so nice and friendly they seldom say anything bad about anyone and that is one of the charms of this beautiful area, so rich in history and tradition. I had a dispute with Centurylink, apparently through some misunderstanding they paid a demand by Dish Network whom I had previously cancelled, I had signed on with Direct TV in a new agreement with Centurylink. Well they paid Dish which threw my Direct TV account in arrears. I called them thinking that this mistake could easily be rectified and was shocked to find out that customer service to them was to disregard me. I next called Dish, same thing. I then called and had them both on the line and guess what, they ganged up on me.
So, I researched my alternatives. I found that I could have all those services (phone, internet and television) for about $70 a month instead of the $170 a month I was being charged. Not only that but it was the fastest internet provided by RANA and Blueridge InternetWorks and by purchasing a few devices I could have free telephone and TV. WELL, can you imagine my satisfaction when I put my plan in action and called Centurylink and firing them, I made sure to thank them for providing me with notoriously slow DSL and screwing up my account. Unfortunately, Direct TV was a casualty of that war and they could not compete with Free TV and even though they provided good customer service and were relatively loyal, they had to go and sincerely felt bad when I terminated our contract.
I guess the whole point of this dissertation is, we are all asleep until some bad dream awakens us. Funny thing is the bad dream is just an illusion, but you find it difficult to go back to sleep. Here is some advice: If your peaceful Life is disturbed by the illusion of someone elses power over your Life, Liberty and Happiness, don't go back to sleep...Do something about it...I guarantee you'll sleep better.
My next adventure to take on the failing education system. Oh, and I just can't wait for the 2016 elections. When will we All start telling those we pay to do what we want? I am not paying taxes to be told what to do or what they will do to me if I don't comply. I'm paying taxes to maintain the freedoms and liberties for myself, my family and my neighbors. I want the people I pay that money to...to at least listen.
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I called about connecting via RANA when I first arrived here in Rockbridge. We never got around to plan pricing because I was informed early on that I had to pay for the "wiring" between the closest junction box and my home. Did you avoid this installation cost or was it nominal based on your location?